Tag Archives: unmanned aerial systems

FAA’s Commercial Drone Rules Take Effect

The Federal Aviation Administration‘s new regulations governing routine non-recreational use of small unmanned aerial systems went into effect Monday. FAA said Monday it created the rules formally known as Part 107 in an effort to mitigate potential risks that small UAS can pose to other aircraft, people and properties on the ground. The …

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FAA Releases Aeronautical Knowledge Test Preparation Materials for Small UAS Operators

The Federal Aviation Administration has published extensive materials to help unmanned aerial system operators prepare for the implementation of a new rule governing the use of small non-recreational drones. FAA said Thursday its Part 107 rule, set to take effect Aug. 29, will require people who fly commercial drones to either obtain a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating or be …

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DHS Demos Integrated First Responder Safety Tech; John Merrill Comments

The Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate has demonstrated methods to integrate technologies as part of a program that aims to help protect first responders as they perform their duties. DHS said Tuesday it combined physiological and environmental sensors, video stream from body-attached cameras and unmanned aerial systems and hybrid …

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DoD Requests Additional Funds to Combat Islamic State Group’s Drones

The Defense Department has requested $20 million in funds from Congress to counter drone threats posed by the Islamic State organization in addition to the existing $189.7 million budget to combat hostile networks, Defense News reported Saturday. Jen Judson writes DoD would put the money into the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund to buy tools …

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New FAA Committee to Help Agency Expand ‘Micro’ UAS Safety Requirements

The Federal Aviation Administration is organizing an aviation rulemaking committee to recommend guidelines for the classification and operation of “micro” unmanned aircraft systems as part of the agency’s efforts to ensure safe UAS integration into the national airspace. FAA said Wednesday the committee will explore safety standards to help the agency classify which drones …

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FAA to Sanction Unregistered Drone Operators; Michael Huerta Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration will impose regulatory or criminal sanctions against operators of small unmanned aerial systems that are not registered with the agency, The Hill newspaper reported Monday. Keith Laing writes FAA’s mandatory online registration for civilian drones that weigh less than 55 pounds ended Friday. The agency has recorded 368,472 registrants and said unregistered drone users could face a …

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Senate Committee Tells DoD to Standardize Drone Pilot Training

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.) have urged the Defense Department to establish a standardized training program for military unmanned aerial vehicle pilots. The two senators told Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in a letter published Wednesday that DoD needs to address drone …

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NTIA Opens Public Comment on Drone Privacy, Transparency Issues

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration wants public feedback on the potential accountability, transparency and privacy implications of a program that would allow drones to fly in national airspace. NTIA said Thursday in a Federal Register notice that it seeks input from industry, academia and civil society to address concerns …

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State Department Sets New Export Rules for US-Made UAVs

The State Department has issued new regulations governing overseas sale, transfer and use of U.S.-built military and commercial unmanned aerial systems, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. Missy Ryan writes the U.S. government will review UAS procurement requests from potential foreign buyers on a case-by-case basis. Exports of unmanned aircraft designed …

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